Sweet & Savory Cranberry Orange Crostini With Vegan Cheese

November 11, 2020
Living in Massachusetts, I look forward to cranberries from Cape Cod coming into season every winter. Cranberries are native to New England and nothing can compare to the tart and tangy taste of these little fruits. They are so fresh and flavorful that it would be sinful to eat cranberry sauce from a can knowing that these are available to use.

My favorite way to use cranberry sauce is as a spread on toast because it helps to make the bread less dry. I have seen specialty cheese at the market that is infused with cranberries and I was inspired to combine these two flavors. I added a mild vegan cheddar cheese to my crostini’s but you can use any cheese that you prefer. I used sliced cheese and cut each slice into four squares, to fit them onto the bread. These can be prepared ahead of time and assembled later to make a wonderful holiday appetizer.
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Sweet & Savory Cranberry Orange Crostini With Vegan Cheese

Recipe Type: Appetizers Sandwiches
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  • 1 baguette
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices vegan cheese, quartered
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp clove
  • zest from 1 orange
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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Slice baguette into 16 slices. Brush oil on each side. Place on baking sheet and bake for five minutes.

3. Remove from oven and flip toasts. Then top each with a slice of cheese and return to oven. Let bake for another five minutes, until cheese melts.

4. While baguette is toasting, prepare cranberry sauce. Add cranberries, orange juice, agave, and spices to a large pot and bring to a boil.

5. Reduce to a simmer and let cook about 10 min, until cranberries break down and turn into a jelly like state.

6. Remove toast from oven and cranberry sauce from heat. Top each toast with cranberry sauce and garnish with orange zest.

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.

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